Platinum Stars have reportedly roped in Botswana team coach Peter Butler as the permanent replacement for Cavin Johnson. Dikwena bid farewell to Johnson this month after opting against renewing his deal following the club’s inability to secure a top-eight finish in the recently-concluded Absa Premiership campaign. Reports have now claimed that Butler will be the man to take up the hot seat, where his first task will be the CAF Confederation Cup clash against CS Sfaxien on June 20. “Butler is coming to the Premier Soccer League to take charge of Platinum Stars,” AfricanFootball.com quote a source close to Dikwena as saying. Stars will now a vast turnaround in fortunes if their continental campaign is to go further than the group stages, with the PSL side currently bottom of Group D after managing just one point from their opening three CAF Confederation Cup matches.
Meanwhile, The Patriot on Sunday’s attempt to get a comment from Butler proved futile as his mobile rang unanswered. His departure comes just days after seeing The Zebras lose 0-1 to Mauritania in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. He had been given a three-month contract extension pending renewal of a long term contract. Other reports on Tuesday evening disclosed that the Botswana Football Association (BFA) National Executive Committee was to hold talk urgent talks with Butler. BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane was quoted by APA that the association will hold talks with the Briton with regard to his alleged impending departure.“We have not spoken to the coach as yet, we are having a meeting today (Tuesday),” said a cagey Mpatane. Despite this, sources have told a local publication, 90 Plus, that the meeting is just a formality as the Briton is as good as gone. It is said that Butler was offered a new deal to his running three-month agreement but has never returned back to the association. His three-month contract expires on June 30.